Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife by Paul Thurlby – Though the pictures in the book are quite silly, they are accompanied by interesting facts. Did you know that every dog has it’s own individual nose print?
Stripes of all Types by Susan Stockdale – With beautiful illustrations and simple text this book explores the many animals with stripes.
The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers – Rabbit wakes up one beautiful morning to find out he is not alone. He is being stalked by big black rabbit (aka his shadow). Rabbit tries to get away, but he just can't shake him.
Old MacDonald Had a Dragon by Ken Baker – Old MacDonald had a dragon on his farm and it has caused all kinds of trouble. He slowly but surely gobbles up all the animals on the farm, but he’s gone too far when he eats the farmer's dog, and then the farmer!
That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems – Willem’s take off on silent films does not disappoint. Fox meets goose and an idea for dinner is hatched, but as the title warns, it is NOT a good idea.
Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Courdray – This comic for early readers will have children laughing out loud at Benjamin Bear’s bright (and not so bright) ideas.
Building our House by Jonathan Bean – A young girl tells the story of how her family moves to the country and builds their home from scratch. Look for the cat slinking around in all of the lovely illustrations.
Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So – Are parrots intelligent? Irene Pepperberg strove to answer this question by studying a parrot she named Alex and the results were astonishing.
Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter – This is an adorable story of five little ducklings that fall through a sewer grate. It’s slightly harrowing, but the ending is very happy.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon – A little baseball fan attends two baseball games with his family, one in America and one in Japan.
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek – Puffins Peter and Paul are best friends. But when Paul gets blown out to sea during a storm, Peter sets out to find him with some help from a friendly whale.
Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop by Helen L. Wilbur, illustrated by John Manders – Finnegan the horse and Officer Fox make a great team patrolling Time Square. But when a little girl goes missing, will Finnegan come to the rescue?
Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray - Sarah Winnemucca was a tireless advocate for the rights of her people.
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang & illustrated by Floyd Cooper - This is the inspiring story of Alice Coachman, the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel & illistrated by Melissa Sweet - In 1909, Clara Lemlich lead the largest walkout of women workers in U.S. history to protest poor treatment and low pay.
Celebrate Black History Month with some great new book!
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson & illustrated by Christian Robinson - Florence Mills was a little girl with a big voice and big dreams who grew up to be a star of the stage in New York City. She was also a compasionate soul who used her fame and fortune to help others.
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim & illustrated Bryan Collier - This is the inspirational story of a young, former slave's desire to get an education. Booker T. Washington's desire was so strong, he walked hundreds of miles to get to school, with barely any money.
A Splash of Color: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet - Horace Pippin was a born artist who's career was threatened when he was injured during World War I. The illustrations in this book are a real treat.
Archie by Domenica More Gordon - After receiving a sewing machine as a gift, Archie makes an outfit for his dog. Now everyone in the neighborhood wants a smart outfit for their dogs and themselves.
Kate and Nate are Running Late by Kate Egan & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino - Kate and Nate are trying to get out the door on time, but there is so much to do, and so much can go wrong.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski - This is a charming bedtime story for all of those not so sleepy little ones.
Happy Hanukkah, Curious George by Emily Flaschner Meyer & illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young - George and the man in the yellow hat attend a Hanukkah party. George spins the dreidel, helps make latkes and of course, gets into a little bit of trouble.
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French - The wombat is back to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, he gets into a scuffle with a reindeer and has a few other problems.
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko - A little girl describes how she is a mix of two traditions and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Nominees for the 2013 Garden State Book Awards will be on display in the Children's Library. Stop in and pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite book. Categories include: Fiction, Fiction Series, Non-Fiction, and Early Readers.
Zelda the Varigoose by Sebastian Loth - Zelda the varigoose is a little goose with a big imagination. Zelda imagines herself a several different animals, such as a goose snail, goosey bee and a goosephant.
Apple by Nikki McClure - Simple, yet beautiful. A little girl sneaks an apple, brings it to school, eats a bit and leaves it in the grass, where it gets composted, then grows in springs.
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds - Marisol the artist is excited when her class is assigned to paint a mural for the library. She is tasked with painting the sky, but is not sure what to do when she can’t find blue paint.
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead illustrated by Erin E. Stead - Here is another beautifully told and illustrated story by the award winning team behind A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
Leopard & Silkie by Brenda Peterson and photographs by Robin Lindsey - This is the true story of a boy who is a "seal sitter". He belongs to a group that protects baby seals as they rest on the beach. Fascinating!
Shiver Me Timbers! : Pirate Poems and Painting by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Robert Neubecker - Marrrvelous!